Death on a Galician Shore by Domingo Villar

Death on a Galician Shore

Domingo Villar

Inspector Leo Caldas, from the Spanish region of Galicia, is a welcome addition to the Eurocrime genre. This second title about the character is a gentle police procedural crime novel, where the short chapters allow you to progress quickly but the references to the previous (for me unknown) title slows you down. Mystery outweighs tension, tranquillity and superstition beats gore and violence, and steadfast detection replaces frenetic pursuits.


'Nothing,' replied Nieves. 'There's a handwritten note in the margin of the report that says: "Enquiries are being made which will duly be recorded". But there are no more documents.'
The inspector tutted.
'Maybe it was a false alarm,' said Nieves.
'Maybe,' said Caldas, annoyed that another line of enquiry had come to nothing.
It was gone ten thirty at night when Caldas left the police station. He was hungry and felt as if he'd spent all week going round in circles investigating Justo Castelo's murder, ending up right back where he started.

  • Water-Blue Eyes by Domingo Villar
  • A Death in Valencia by Jason Webster
  • The Darkness and the Deep by Aline Templeton

Books with similar mood

The Return

Hakan Nesser

The Last Treasure Hunt

Jane Alexander

The Cookbook Collector

Allegra Goodman

Derby Day

D J Taylor

The Seven Sisters

Margaret Drabble

The Memory Stones

Kate O'Riordan

Ancient Promises

Jaishree Misra

The Angels of Russia

Patricia Le Roy

In the Falling Snow

Caryl Phillips

Faithful Place

Tana French

When Red is Black

Qiu Xiaolong

Astonishing Splashes of Colour

Clare Morrall

The Great Fire

Shirley Hazzard

Altered Land

Jules Hardy

Star of the North

D B John

The Accident on the A35

Graeme Macrae Burnet

The Fishermen

Chigozie Obioma


Bruce McCabe

Black Flower

Young-Ha Kim

The Light Between Oceans

M L Stedman

A Death in the Family

Karl Ove Knausgaard

The Girl who Fell from the Sky

Simon Mawer

Black Water Rising

Attica Locke

The Vanishing of Katharina Linden

Helen Grant

Sweets from Morocco

Jo Verity

A Ship Made of Paper

Scott Spencer

First Fruits

Penelope Evans


Roger Hubank

The Crusader

Michael Eisner

Small Days and Nights

Tishani Doshi

Mussolini's Island

Sarah Day


Javier Cercas

This is Paradise

Will Eaves

River of Shadows

Valerio Varesi

How to Read the Air

Dinaw Mengestu

Wegener's Jigsaw

Clare Dudman


Adam Baron

Family Matters

Rohinton Mistry

James Miranda Barry

Patricia Duncker

The Western Wind

Samantha Harvey

The Sealwoman's Gift

Sally Magnussen

The Forrests

Emily Perkins

The Tea Lords

Hella S Haasse


Laura Beatty

In the Country of Men

Hisham Matar

One Man's Justice

Akira Yoshimura

The Amateur Marriage

Anne Tyler

Haunted Ground

Erin Hart


Andrew Miller